Your Space

Your Space – David Bates

Speak gently! – It is better far
To rule by love, than fear
Speak gently – let not harsh words mar
The good we might do here!

Speak gently! – Love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind;
And gently Friendship’s accents flow;
Affection’s voice is kind.

Speak gently to the little child!
Its love be sure to gain;
Teach it in accents soft and mild:-
It may not long remain.

Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear –
Pass through this life as best they may,
‘T is full of anxious care!

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart!

Speak gently, kindly, to the poor;
Let no harsh tone be heard;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word!

Speak gently to the erring – know,
They may have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again!

Speak gently! – He who gave his life
To bend man’s stubborn will,
When elements were in fierce strife,
Said to them, ‘Peace, be still.’

Speak gently! – ’tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

It Means:

accents – உச்சரிப்புகள்
bear – தாங்கிக் கொள்
anxious – ஏக்கம்
Grieve – துயரப்படு
endure – தாங்க
erring – தவறு
toiled – (word hard)
vain – வீண்
fierce – கடுமையான
strife – சண்டை
Eternity – முடிவற்ற காலம்


harsh – rough
doth – does
whisper – low voice
accents – emphasise
anxious – feeling worried or showing worry
grieve- be sorrowful
depart – leave/go
endure – suffer patiently
toiled – worked hard
vain – producing no results
stubborn – one refusing to change one’s opinion
strife – disagreement
eternity – without end

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